3 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour from Kigali Rwanda

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Overview
3 days Uganda Gorilla tour from Kigali is an ideal tour that starts from Rwanda and crosses to Uganda via Cyanika boarder near Volcanoes National Park to Kisoro district in the south western part of Uganda to Mgahinga National Park. Visiting Mgahinga National Park gives you an opportunity to explore the only small park in Uganda covering an area of 33.9 square kilometers where Mountain gorillas co-exist with golden monkeys.


The park is located in the Southwestern part of Uganda in Kisoro district; it is 495 kilometers from Kampala the capital city of Uganda that is approximately 8-9 hours’ drivevia Masaka-Mbarara road, but just 131 kilometers from Kigali city, taking only 3 - hour drive via Cyanika boarder-Kisoro district.
Mgahinga is famously known to habour the rare endangered mountain gorillas and thus turning this small park special; not only does it harbor mountain gorillas but also other primates including golden Monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys to mention but a few. The park also protects the 3/8 Virunga Mountains which include Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhabura and Mount Sabinyo.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive at Kigali and Transfer to Mgahinga National Park



Upon your arrival at Kigali international Airport, you will warmly be welcomed by a professional English speaking tour guide who will shortly tell you about the international airport of Rwanda and then transfer you immediately to Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. The Journey covers a distance of 131 kilometers from Kigali which is about 3 hours’ drive via Cyanika boarder to Kisoro district which is the home of Mgahinga gorilla national park.


Mgahinga National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Uganda but very unique in itself, it was established in 1991 with the primary purpose of protecting endangered mountain gorillas. The park derives its name Mgahinga from one of the Virunga Mountains Mount. Gahinga that boarders the park to the south, Mgahinga National park is bordered by Rwanda to the south and Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.


Upon reaching the park in the afternoon, you will check in at the lodge for lunch thereafter proceed for a cultural trail to Batwa pygmies to experience and see the lives and hospitality of these people that lived in the Forest before the establishment of Mgahinga National Park.
After this cultural experience, you will transfer back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking


Following your early morning breakfast with your packed lunch, water and some snacks, have a road transfer to/from Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking, the trek starts from the park headquarters for a briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park,then after hike into the forest in search for these endangered primates.
Mountain gorillas are scientifically believed to be 99% human DNA and in their ways of style, the way they feed their young ones and how they conduct their day to day activities proves that they are really humans. Trekking activity lasts for 2-8 hours depending on the location of these primates, as soon as reaching them, you will be required to spend only one hour with them and you are advised to keep one meter distance from these primates.
After this activity, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Day 3: Departure


On the last day of your safari, you will wake up in the morning, have breakfast and prepare to check out of the lodge for a road transfer back to Kigali International Airport for your departure back home.

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